Chronic pain may create feelings of anger, hopelessness, sadness, depression, and anxiety.
To reduce pain, the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects must be addressed. Various medical treatments may be helpful, and it is also important to understand and manage the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors connected to your pain. This will help you breakthrough the pain and manage your pain more effectively. This is the key to reducing the intensity of your pain.
Therapists are experts in helping individuals cope with the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors connected to chronic pain. During individual therapy you can expect to discuss your physical and emotional health. We will also discuss the pain you experience, where and when it occurs, and what factors may affect it.
In addition, we may identify any worries or stressors, including those related to your pain. You may be asked to complete a questionnaire that allows you to record your own thoughts and feelings about your pain. This will assist in developing a treatment plan.
You may learn distraction techniques or develop new ways to manage your pain. Therapy may also help you make lifestyle changes that will allow you to continue participating in work and recreational activities. Pain can also interfere with sleep, so therapy may help you learn new ways to improve your quality of sleep.
Studies have been found that some psychotherapy can be as effective as surgery for relieving chronic pain because the psychological treatments can alter how your brain processes pain sensations.
Individuals with chronic pain may be referred by their health care professional to therapy to address physical and emotional aspects of their pain.